Prep yourself, don't wreck yourself gastro-fiends - Top Chef is back and season 17 of the world-famous reality TV show is its biggest ever! This year as we head into episode 4 of the series, an all-star lineup of chefs from previous years are competing for a record $250,000 prize. But they have their work cut out for them, as Ruth Reichl and Marcus Samuelsson are just two of the fierce guest judges Top Chef: All-Stars L.A will feature alongside returning host Padma Lakshmi and regular judge Tom Colicchio. Read on and we'll tell you where to watch Top Chef online wherever you are.
Top Chef 17 fired up on Thursday, March 19 and there's no turning down the heat now as broil and bake our way into the next episode. Less familiar? Top Chef is a US reality cooking show that calls Bravo home and airs across the country at the syndicated hour of 10pm ET/PT each week. While Bravo is best known as a cable channel, it's also easily available to streamers and cord-cutters via services like Hulu, which offers a FREE 1-month trial (opens in new tab) so you can check it out for yourself.
This year's Top Chef warriors will be competing against each other in the usual array of culinary challenges, and as well as gastronomic icons like Reichl and Samuelsson, there's a host of celebrity guests to look forward to including Kelly Clarkson, Jon Favreau and Ali Wong. Gail Simmons also return for another run as the main co-judge alongside Messrs Colicchio.
Nearly every season of Top Chef's impressive 13-year run is represented by one of this year's cast members, and they'll be chopping, dicing and plating up in a range of diverse locations that include a museum and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In other words, it's the perfect solution when you've binged your way through the best Hulu shows and need something new to tune into as you get your self-isolation on. Watch Top Chef season 17 online easily by following our guide below.
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How to watch Top Chef online: stream season 17 in the US
Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. is being aired on Bravo in the US, which is available as part of most cable packages. However, if lengthy commitments aren't your thing and you prefer to stream content, then Top Chef season 17 is just as easy to watch when it airs at 10pm ET/PT on Thursday nights with one of the following services.
The first we would recommend is Hulu, which offers Bravo as part of its Hulu + Live TV package (opens in new tab) - a complete cord-cutting solution that gives you access to over 65 TV channels live and on-demand, plus original Hulu content. It costs $54.99 a month, which might seem like a lot but is cheaper than most full-fat cable packages if you think about it. Also, Hulu + Live TV offers a FREE 1-week trial (opens in new tab) so you can see if it's right for you, no strings attached.
Cheaper still if you just want to watch Top Chef is Sling TV (opens in new tab), whose Blue bundle costs just $30 a month and includes Bravo. You won't get any original programming, but you will save a few bucks - and can save even more if you opt for the combined Orange and Blue Sling TV package for just $45 a month.
A final option is fuboTV (opens in new tab), which also offers Bravo and will give you a free trial.
Should you subscribe to one of these services but find yourself out of the US for whatever reason, you can use clever software like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to watch Top Chef just as if you were at home - here's how.
Anyone wanting to watch Top Chef in the UK need only look to Hayu (opens in new tab), the streaming service dedicated to reality TV shows. It offers a free 1-month trial and costs £4.99 a month thereafter - or you can grab it for less at Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab), where it costs just £3.99 a month.
As well as Top Chef, Keeping Up With the Kardashians (opens in new tab) is another epoch-defining series you can watch on Hayu.
How to watch Top Chef online from all over the world
Many streaming services impose geo-blocking restrictions, which means you can't watch shows like Top Chef as you normally would. However, there's an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream Top Chef online no matter where you are. This simple bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access episodes live or on demand as they become available, just as if you were lying on the couch.
While there are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.
Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE (opens in new tab) – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.
Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect. You’ll then be able to easily watch Devs from pretty much anywhere in the world.